Why is an executive paid more than a supervisor?

In one of my posts, I asked if two people work equally as hard, how do you justify why one person who is an executive earns more than a supervisor? If both people are responsible for performance, the answer can seem daunting. In reality, both positions are necessary contributors to the overall success of an organization; however, the ability to plan (and execute) for the unknown into the future for a longer period of time falls on the executive. Therefore, an executive commands a higher value to an organization. If anyone is interested, Tom Foster’s book, Outbound Air is a fantastic fictitious read that utilizes an accountability matrix by role within an organization. 

LeadershipSuzanne Golden